Hair gel is one of those grooming essentials that sometimes gets a bad rap — especially because of our associations with heavily greased styles. It is one of the most misused products, and it is high time we put an end to it and embrace the grooming goodness that is gel. Before you can embrace its great power, it’s important to know what mistakes you can encounter so you can use this product correctly. Here are the worst mistakes a man can make when it comes to using hair gel.
1. Plastering your hair down by using too much
There are few worse things than seeing a man who has plastered his hair to his head with an overabundance of gel. This look is so not in and reminiscent of Yuppy serial killer Patrick Bateman — the style is best left to that horrible association. Movement is in and quite frankly glopping your hair full of gel is a pretty amateur grooming move that robs your hair of natural definition and shape; it also takes away from your overall appearance.
Lucky for you, this one is a very easy fix and you’ll know to never make this mistake again: If you cannot move your hair 10 minutes after you’ve placed product into it, then you have added way too much. Men with short and spikey hair are the ones most likely to fall victim to the dreaded over-gelled appearance. Opt for lighter pastes and putties instead for a more free flowing, yet solid appearance. Plus, you’ll end up looking younger as well.